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Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue suffering because of heat and tractor repairs

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HARDY (WSLS) - While some of us have seen a lot of rain, others have had very dry conditions. 

Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue depends on the more than three hundred acres local people donate for hay harvesting. The dry weather has hurt the amount of hay they can collect and tractor mechanical problems have compounded the problem.

Thanks to a generous donor, the rescue group has a chance to get a lot of financial help to continue their work. A donor has promised to match up to fifty thousand dollars in donations that come in before the end of 2014. Right now the group has raised almost ten thousand toward that match.

R.V.H.R. President, Pat Muncy explains, "We feed over one thousand round bales at forty dollars a piece each year, depending on how many horses come in."

Right now, the Hardy location is at capacity and there are several horses in permanent retirement at the R.V.H.R. Fincastle location.

Since 2002, more than 250 horses have been helped on the farm, including a well recognized horse named Shotgun.  He came to the farm severely malnourished and now is healthy and will live happily ever after at Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue. 

The money they are trying to raise will pay off the farm and guarantee that the horses will always be able to call it home.

Kay Wallis from Bedford County volunteers every Wednesday and says, "I love them and I love being able to help them. Pat does such a great job helping them. Last year, we had eleven horses come in suddenly and she was able to do it. We were able to do it it is great being a part of something like that."

Learn more about RVHR and how you can help.

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